Tom & Jo Ghrist Great Cats
Three species of great cats call Blank Park Zoo home - the Amur tiger, snow leopard and African lion. The endangered Amur tiger, also known as the Siberian tiger, loves to swim in the water and lives a solitary life, only socializing with other tigers during mating season. The equally endangered snow leopard lives in the Himalayas and loves cool temperatures. On extremely hot days, the snow leopard may choose to be inside in the air conditioning. By contrast, the African lion generally likes warmer conditions and during the winter loves to lay down on the heated rocks in front of the visitor viewing window.